We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Monroe and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erika, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
I see my vision for Alke-Bulan Naturals and have faith in the brand and our products. Even on challenging days, I make a conscious effort to push forward with my goals and ambition. I am intentional with all of my actions, which helps me navigate throughout the day. I remind myself that I came too far to give up, and that the people who are successful are those who keep going in the face of adversity. I pray and mediate daily, relying upon universal laws such as the law of attraction to manifest my needs. Most importantly, I listen to my body and take a break when I need to. Every day, I plant a seed knowing that one day, my harvest will be plentiful, and I will see my vision come to fruition.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
At Alke-Bulan Naturals, returning to our roots is our mantra. We take a wholesome approach to wellness—one that taps into centuries of ancient wisdom. In a world where many of us feel overwhelmed and unsatisfied by modern medicine, getting back to basics is essential.
We chose to name ourselves after Alkebulan (Al-ke-bu-lahn) because it’s a profound indigenous word that means “Mother of Mankind” or “Garden of Eden,” symbolizing returning to our roots. We changed the spelling to Alke-Bulan as a nod to alkalinity: the concept of enjoying a healthy diet to maintain the body’s ideal pH level.
Our products include ingredients that have been used in traditional healing since ancient times, including sea moss, bladderwrack, ashwagandha, noni, camu camu and spirulina. These powerful plant-based supplements were revered in multiple cultures around the world for centuries and are often recommended by wellness gurus and holistic doctors today.
Because of our dedication to health and the environment, Alke-Bulan Naturals only uses organic ingredients, each derived from sustainable sources. All of our products are completely plant based, as we use gelatin-free capsules, hence vegan friendly. Our products are packaged in BPA-free bottles and manufactured in an FDA-approved facility right here in the USA.
My personal health quest began nearly ten years ago when I was diagnosed with fibroids (abnormal growths that develop in or on a woman’s uterus, which is especially prevalent among African American women). It was quite painful. My OBGYN prescribed birth control pills. After a month of being on the pills, I was miserable, so I went back to the doctor and shared my experience with her. She gave me two options: try another birth control pill or change my diet. I changed my diet and converted to a holistic lifestyle. That was the genesis of my health and wellness journey. I have studied health, wellness and nutrition ever since, which taught me the importance of using holistic lifestyle changes to promote overall health and wellness.
After a decade of committing myself to the study of natural wellness, I decided to create my own herbal product line, Alke-Bulan Naturals. Our products are lovingly crafted from pure organic and raw ingredients formulated to optimize health and wellness. I am also a certified reiki practitioner and motivational speaker who is committed to educating people on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Relax: Holistic Spa, Yoga Class, Meditate in Nature, and Farmers Market.
Restaurants: Nobu, The Ivy, Mastro’s, Ocean Club, Catch, Kreation, Salt, and the likes.
Beaches: Malibu, Santa Barbara, Venice, Huntington, and Manhattan.
Shopping: Leimert Park, The Grove, Beverly Center, The Americana and the likes.
Fun: Movies, Maybe go to a day party or event (it’s LA so there is always an event going on.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My family has been really supportive of me and Alke-Bulan. A special shout out to my friends and supporters in the wellness community that have encouraged me along the way.